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Lexis and Techniques of Art and Architecture

Code: 100539 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500239 Art History FB 1 1
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Carlos Sanchez Marquez

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Joan Duran Porta


This course has no prerequisites.

Objectives and Contextualisation

Art lexicon and artistic techniques is a subject scheduled for the first year of History of Art undergraduate program. This subject aims to focus on the learning of specific vocabulary and the artistic techniques employed throughout history. We will analyze historical texts, artists and methods regarding different techniques: mural painting, oil, watercolor, sculpture, mosaic. One of the main goals of Art lexicon is providing the technical vocabulary to follow succesfully all the subjectes of the first year. 



  • Applying the mastery of the basic critical and methodological tools in order to understand and narrate Art History and reflect on the profession of art historian.
  • Applying the specific scientific methodologies of the discipline of Art History.
  • Demonstrating they know the history of the artistic ideas and the main theoretical currents that inspired the reflection about art, cinema, its creators and its audience through history.
  • Expressing specific knowledge about the origin, evolution and various fields of study of Art History, as well as the classic and actual subjects, vocabulary and debates of the discipline.
  • Recognising the fundamental problems, vocabulary and concepts of the Theory of Art and Cinema.
  • Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.
  • Students must develop the necessary learning skills in order to undertake further training with a high degree of autonomy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analysing classical and current debates of the History of Art.
  2. Analysing ideas about an artistic phenomenon in a given cultural context.
  3. Applying the knowledge about aesthetic ideas and Art Theory to the analysis of the artistic imagery.
  4. Critically analysing basic concepts of artistic and cinematographic theory and its evolution through history.
  5. Demonstrating the knowledge of scientific methodology, sources and Art Theory in the reading, criticism and formal, iconographic and symbolic interpretation of any artistic or cinematographic imagery.
  6. Interpreting and communicating the contents of a text about theory of art and cinema.
  7. Interpreting the fundamental concepts of Theory of Art with a critical eye.
  8. Summarising acquired knowledge about the origin and transformations experienced by the general Theory of Art and the various fields of study of the discipline.
  9. Using the knowledge of general Art Theory in the criticism of the artistic imagery.
  10. Working in teams, respecting the other's points of view and designing collaboration strategies.


1. Introduction to the history of architecture: materials, elements and constructions systems. 
2. Pictorial arts and other two-dimensional techniques.
3. Sculpture: techniques, types and materials.
4. Decorative arts
5. Modern art techniques



Theoretical classes and field trips to museums exhibitions and workshops. 

 The teaching methodology and the evaluation proposed in the guide may undergo some modification subject to the onsite teaching restrictions imposed by health authorities. 

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Theorical classes 40 1.6 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 9
Type: Supervised      
Field trips 14 0.56 3, 5, 7, 8, 10
Final work 20 0.8 3, 7, 10
Type: Autonomous      
Autonomous study 60 2.4
Readings 16 0.64 1, 6, 8


First partial Test-- 30% 

Segond partcial test--30%

These two tests are individual and written exercises about the course content that scores 30% of the final grade per test.

Final work -- 25% 

Compulsory readings -- 15%

Compulsory readings to be chosen by the professor.


In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (original weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or
discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these virtual tools, or will offer them feasible alternatives.

In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

Students will obtain a "Not assessed/Not submitted" course grade unless they have submitted more thant 30% of the assessment items. 

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Final work 25% 0 0 1, 10
Re-evaluation Variable 0 0 4, 2, 3, 5, 7, 6, 8, 9
Test 1 30% 0 0 4, 2, 3, 5, 7, 6, 8, 9
Test 2 30% 0 0 4, 2, 3, 5, 7, 6, 8, 9
Test of the readings 15% 0 0 4, 1, 2, 8



ALEGRE CARVAJAL, Esther, TUSELL GARCÍA, Genoveva y LÓPEZ DÍAZ, Jesús, Técnicas y medios artísticos, Madrid, 2011.

ANGOSO, Diana et al.,  Las técnicas artísticas, Akal y Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 2005, 4 vols.

BORRAS, Gonzalo y FATAS, Guillermo, Diccionario de términos de arte y elementos de arqueologia, heráldica y numismàtica,  Zaragoza, 1980.

CALVO MANUEL, Ana Maria., Conservación y restauración: Materiales, técnicas y procedimientos: De la A a la Z., Barcelona, 1997.

FERNANDEZ ARENAS, José, Barcelona, 1996.

FUGA, Antonella., Técnicas y materiales del arte,Madrid, 2004.

FULLANA, Miquel, Diccionari de l’Art i dels Oficis de la Construcció, Mallorca, 1974.

KROUSTALLIS, Stephanos, Diccionario de materias y técnicas (Vol. I. Materias). Tesauro para la descripción y catalogación de bienes culturales, Madrid, Ministerio de Cultura. 2008.

MALTESE, Corado. (coor.), Las técnicas artísticas, Madrid, 1985.

MAYER, Ralph, Materiales y técnicas del arte, Madrid, 1993 (2ª ed.).

PLAZA ESCUDERO, Lorenzo., et al., Diccionario visual de términos arquitectónicos, Madrid, 2008.

RIVERA BLANCO, José Javier et al.Manual de técnicas artísticas. Madrid, 1997.



Specific software is not required.